In the Spotlight
[Juba, South Sudan TCT] --Religious leaders hailed South Sudanese eminent politician Abel Alier as symbol of good leadership last weekend and urged politicians to follow his footsteps.
ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Bishop of Kericho, the Rt Revd Jackson Ole Sapit, has today been elected to serve as the sixth Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Bishop of the Diocese of All Saints’ Cathedral.
The 52-year-old bishop was baptised in 1977 and confirmed eight years later. His first church role was as evangelist and community motivator in Narok, which he undertook from two years from 1987 before joining the Berea Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in July 1991 and a priest a year later.
He served as vicar of Belgut Parish in the diocese of Nakuru and then as vicar of Kilgoris Parish and project manager at Transmara Rural Development Programme.
Throughout this time he continued his education, gaining a Bachelor of Divinity from St Paul’s University in Nairobi and a Certificate in Research and Consultancy at Nairobi’s Daystar University. In 1997 he studied for an MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods at the UK’s University of Reading.
He returned to Kenya to take up the role of mission and development coordinator for the Diocese of Nakuru; before serving as the Suffragan Bishop of the Kericho area; becoming diocesan bishop when the area was carved out of Nakuru Diocese to become a diocese in its own right.
In 2012 he was awarded a Doctorate of Professional Studies by the Global University for Lifelong Learning in California, USA.
A profile published by the Anglican Church of Kenya in advance of today’s election says that Bishop Sapit “managed to nurture the young Diocese of Kericho” both in spiritual terms and in community development. Read more on ACNS
Our workplace is where we spend almost one half of our life. After our home (some would argue, even before), workplace is the focal point around which our lives revolve. In fact, a workplace should be like a second family where every member, no matter what his or her origin or background, must feel at home. It is also a place that should teach its members, who represent it in the outside world, the absolute importance of ethical behaviour.
|By Jim Daly|
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[Kampala, Uganda, ACNS] Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of the Province of Uganda, has used his Easter message to stress that domestic violence is “always wrong”. His message was a response to comments by Member of Parliament Onesmus Twinamasiko, who said in a tv interview: “As a man, you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, and you tackle her and you beat her somehow to streamline her”. Archbishop Stanley said: “I want to state categorically and very clearly that the Church of Uganda does not support his views. Even though he is an Anglican, he and his views do not represent the Church of Uganda. We condemn all domestic violence. No exceptions.”
[Rhino Camp, Uganda, TCT] – South Sudanese refugees in Uganda and host communities in Rhino Camp refugee settlement in Arua District in northeastern Uganda, embraced coexistence and resources sharing to ease unforeseen conflict amid high influx of refugees. Last week, the Community Development Centre (CDC) in collaboration with Centre for Democracy and Development (CEDED) organized a one-day forum that pulled 80 participants from both the host communities and the refugees to discuss cooperation.